Bite Busters : How to Deal With Dog Attacks

Special Report
forwarded by AAF Correspondent: S.M.

from The Electronic Telegraph, London

Dog led park attack on boy jogger
By David Millward

Saturday, April 17, 1999

TWO dogs left court yesterday with their reputations intact after being cleared of an attack on a jogger. But a third was ordered to be castrated and muzzled after leading the assault on a teenager in a park.

It took a jury at Lewes Crown court two hours to "acquit" the two terrier bitches. Warwick Tatford, prosecuting, said: "Although they are only Jack Russells and are rather small dogs, in fact what happened was rather frightening."

The victim, who the court ordered should not be named, said: "Out of the blue, first one dog, followed by another two dogs, came charging up at me and for no apparent reason just started attacking me. I was stunned. It was quite quick, they started attacking my legs and jumping and biting. All over my legs I had a number of bites, they were scratching as well with their claws."

Eventually the dogs were rounded up by their owner, Christina Marchand, 49, a widowed mother of five. Marchand, of Brighton, East Sussex, was fined £100 with £150 costs and ordered to pay the teenager £150 compensation after being found guilty of having a dog dangerously out of control.

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